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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of gesticulari, from gestus; GESTURE1

gesticulate

verb
     
ges‧tic‧u‧late [intransitive]
to make movements with your arms and hands, usually while speaking, because you are excited, angry, or cannot think of the right words to use [= gesture]:
Jane gesticulated wildly and shouted 'Stop! Stop!'
gesticulation noun [uncountable and countable]

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